Some new baseball relics

While I think the boxes for Topps Triple Threads, Tribute,  Museum Collection, etc. are overpriced, there are lots of cool cards on the secondary market at more reasonable prices.  Here are a few I picked up recently for around $25 shipped.  Pardon the grainy pictures, I guess it was a little too dark in my office.


 

The Bryce Harper and George Springer 2018 Topps Tribute Stamp of Approval Relics are kind of cool, because you can look up the code on the MLB authentication sticker at http://mlb.com/authentication to learn more about them.

For example, here’s the information on the Springer relic:

  • Game-used Jersey
  • Hologram number: JC513075
  • Event: Topps Authentication
  • Date: Aug 28, 2017
  • Additional Information: Swatch of George Springer game used jersey OAK vs HOU 8/31/16. Original Hologram# JB050985. 

Then you can look up a game summary and some video and learn that Springer hit a two-out triple, and then scored on a wild pitch during a three run 8th inning rally that helped the Astros win 4-3!  Even crazier, Miss Texas 2016 Daniella Rodriguez “threw” out the first pitch (which landed about 40 feet away from home plate).  Apparently, that’s when she met Carlos Correa, who became her boyfriend, and who proposed to her on TV right after the ‘Stros won the 2017 World Series.  FYI, they are scheduled to get married in December 2019.  Man.  08/31/16 in Houston was awesome!

That was interesting enough for me to look up the Harper relic:

  • Swatch of Game-used Jersey
  • Hologram number JC485804
  • Event: Topps Authentication
  • Date: Aug 22, 2017
  • Additional Information: SWATCH OF BRYCE HARPER GAME USED JERSEY, WSH v. MIA on 4/15/14, ORIGINAL HOLOGRAM-EK955802.

Ok so not quite as interesting.  Harper had a single and scored a run in an 11-2 loss.  The most interesting thing to me is that they used a 2014 jersey for a 2018 card.  For current players, I usually assume the relics are from the same or previous season, but clearly that is not always the case.  At any rate I think this Stamp of Approval stuff is cool.  I can finally know what game the relic is from!


 

The photos don’t do justice to these 2018 Topps Tribute Robinson Cano Triple Relics.  They are really nice cards.  I really like the orange one that has the bat, the dirty piece of jersey with the blue piping, and a cleaner white jersey piece.  The green one is cool too.  It looks like a piece of the standard pants, the white regular home jersey, and the Friday night emerald green jerseys.

 


 

DAA5E14E-A0FE-4063-B357-6A4BAA4AE284The 2017 Triple Threads Yuli Gurriel RC “Unity Jumbo Relic” is a great card, with a swatch presumably from the piping on the front of his jersey.  No authentication code though, so who knows where it really came from lol.


 

Overall just some nice stuff!  Thank you Topps and eBay. 🙂

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